Department of International Studies faculty Ryan Silverio represented Miriam College at the 3rd International Conference on Human Rights and Peace and Conflict in Southeast Asia held last October 15-16, 2014 in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

He read his paper entitled, “Space for Children’s Right to Participation: A Critical Examination of the ASEAN Children’s Forum (ACF)” which was very well received by the participants.

The conference is envisioned to set the stage for the promotion of human rights and peace through academic activism. Through this project, the Southeast Asian Human Rights Studies Network (SEAHRN) seeks to motivate and support scholars, researchers and activists in contributing to the production of knowledge on human rights, peace and conflict studies in Southeast Asia.

This project will open up space for continued dialogue and exchange of knowledge, which is deemed crucial with the  expected ASEAN integration in 2015.

The Miriam College Department of International Studies is an active member of SEAHRN.

Crystal Aura Santos, second year International Studies student from the College of International, Humanitarian and Development Studies attended the International Youth Day Summit held at the Asian Development Bank (ADB) in Mandaluyong City last August 12, 2014.

The purpose of the summit was to inspire the youth to aspire for a better future for themselves and for Asia and the Pacific; to empower the youth to achieve their aspirations by building their capacity and leadership; and  to mobilize young people to support the continuing development of their communities and of the region. 

Noted speakers of the workshop included ADB's Vice-President for Knowledge Management and Sustainable Development Bindu Lohani, Department of External Relations Principal Director, Satinder Bindra, CNN Hero of the Year for 2009, Efren Penaflorida, and 2012 International Children's Peace Prize Laureate, Kesz Valdez. 

Registered Counselor and family life specialist Michelle S. Alignay,  addressed Lower School (LS) parents at a learning session entitled Growing Up Wired: Raising Kids in the Digital Age at the LMC Viewing Rooms 2 and 3 last Saturday, October 21, 2014.

This activity was organized by Marilet D. Anastacio, LS Guidance Supervisor, and Kristine Marie S. Lesaca-Saludez, LS Asst. Principal for Student Affairs, to help parents understand how digital technology has affected young users’ learning and behavior.

The school recognizes the vital role that parents play in helping address problems that arise due to early overexposure to digital technology such as lack of focus, difficulty in fitting in a new environment and handling real-life tasks, cyberbullying and misuse of internet sites.

At the end of the session, participants accomplished a survey form to contribute to a study which aims to generate a profile of MCLS students’ digital technology use.

In an effort to promote citizen journalism in various schools in the country, ABS-CBN’s “Bayan Mo iPatrol Mo” (BMPM) visited Miriam College last October 1, 2014.
Headed by Rowena Paraan, the BMPM team conducted citizen journalism seminars to Journalism and Gender and Communication classes, encouraging students to use technology, particularly social media, in news gathering, reporting and disseminating.

The school tour is just one of the many activities launched by the BMPM as it reached over one million Bayan Patrollers, making them the largest group of citizen journalists in the Philippines today.

“Bayan Mo iPatrol Mo only indicates that today, anyone can be a journalist. It encourages people to get involved, be more socially aware and voice out their concerns with regard to our society,” shares Shaira Castillo, a third-year communication student.

For Patricia Cañedo, also a third year communication student, this shared responsibility allows even the young ones to take part in nation building. “The citizen journalism seminar was an eye opener for everyone that we have the right and the voice to be heard as citizens,” she adds.

Citizen journalism has paved the way for ordinary individuals to report breaking news, sometimes even more swiftly than traditional journalists, and share just about anything to a broad audience through social media.

Jorielle Asprec, 2014 Leisure and Tourism Ambassadress of Miriam College, was second runner-up in the search for the first Mr. and Ms. Tourism Student of the Philippines held in Monochrome, Nuvali last September 19.

Asprec showcased her talent with her rendition of "I Dreamed A Dream" and regaled the audience with her Muslim-inspired regional attire and modern Filipiniana. She  exhibited true Miriam wit in the Q&A portion as well.

Asperc was the lone representative from the National Capital Region.

Miriam College got first and second place at the 2nd National Intercollegiate Tourism Skills Competition held at the Lyceum University of the Philippines last September 27.

Landing first place were Leisure and Tourism Management students Arianne Mondano and Christine Cariño who impressed the the judges with their marriage proposal package theme for Batanes. 

Students Tracy David and Kristine Palo bagged second place after  presenting a cultural heritage rehabilitation package for Ifugao.

Kindra Guzman, meanwhile, placed fifth in the tour guiding competition focusing on Intramuros at the same event.

The students were coached by Ardee Domingo and Allan Paul R. Tang.

Center for Peace Education Executive Director and WE Act 1325 National Coordinator Jasmin Nario-Galace was a resource person at one of the sessions of the Geneva Declaration Regional Review Conference 2014.

The conference was hosted in Manila last October 8 and 9 by the Government of the Philippines, with support from the Swiss Government, the United Nations Development Programme, and the Center for Peace Education of Miriam College as the civil society partner.

The Conference, aptly themed “Ending Armed Violence for Peace and Development”, aimed to gather representatives from the Asia and Pacific region to work on solutions to the regional and global problems surrounding armed violence and its reduction and prevention, geared towards development.

Through the course of the conference, various aspects of armed violence were discussed such as using and controlling the tools of violence, and the role of women, media and the youth.  Dr. Galace was the resource person for the Role of National Action Plans on Women, Peace and Security in Preventing and Reducing Armed Violence.

She shared the Philippine experience in developing and implementing a NAP, and how women can contribute to the reduction and prevention of armed violence. In the discussions that followed session, the positive response and openness of the Philippine government to collaborate and work on the NAP was highlighted as facilitating the development of an important policy, providing a space for women to participate in peacebuilding.

Experiences from other countries in the region exemplified challenges in coordinating with their government counterparts, as well as socio-cultural hindrances to the concepts of women in peace and security and armed violence prevention.  The session ended on a positive note, with participants lauding efforts in the Philippines on the NAP and citing it as a model for forthcoming efforts.

Miriam College students Sophia Dianne C. Garcia, (Fourth Year BA International) and Shairmane A. Gonzaga (Fourth Year BS Accountancy), together with five other delegates from colleges and universities in the Philippines participated at the 2014 Association of Catholic Universities and Colleges in Asia (ACUCA) Student Camp. The activity was organized by Fu Jen Catholic University last August 11-15, 2014 in Taiwan.

The theme of this year’s student camp was "Values Education: Re-discovering our Values to Foster a Better You and Build a Better World". There were over 100 delegates coming from ACUCA’s member schools representing eight countries. The undergraduate students of Miriam College shared their values as MC students and as Filipinos.

The discussions during the student camp focused on exchanging cultural values, and contexts, and how values can be a tool for creating change in the world.

Top left photo show Garcia during a sharing session and  during the cultural presentation night with another delegate from the Philippines.

Top right photos shows Gonzaga (extreme left) and  Sophia Dianne Garcia (extreme right) with the rest of the Philippine delegation.

Department of International Studies graduates from batch 2014 presented their undergraduate thesis at the Women’s Development Research Centre (KANITA) Postgraduate International Conference on Gender Studies (KPICGS) 2014. It was held last August 13-14 at the Universiti Sains in Malaysia.

The titles of the papers presented were “Behind Structured Walls: The Rehabilitation of Girls in Conflict with the Law in the Philippines” presented by Samantha Asuncion and Christa Balonkita; “His Side of the Story: Storylines, Speech-Acts/Actions, and Positions of Husbands Who Have Experienced Spousal Abuse” presented by Arisa Junio; and “Negotiating Self-interests: A Study on Transpinays in the Philippine Pornographic Industry” presented by Danikka Rivera.

The department of International Studies has regularly participated in KANITA conferences for the last three years.

Internationally-acclaimed author Candy Gourlay gave a talk to the Grade 7 students of Miriam College Middle School last September 26, 2014. Miss Gourlay, a two-time recepient of the Crystal Kite Prize for Europe, talked about her journey to becoming a novelist, from starting out as a journalist to realizing her dormant passion for prose writing. She drew parallels between her life and Joseph Campbell's "The Hero's Journey, "a cyclical structure that archetypal heroes complete in the course of a story. Miss Gourlay's first book, “Tall Story” is part of the Grade 7 list of required readings.

The students immensely enjoyed her animated personality and her up-to-date references from some books and movies that the students love. She undoubtedly inspired and captured the hearts of not only budding writers, but of anyone who wishes to become a hero in their own journey as well. In the words of a student who was in the audience, "Miss Gourlay knows what's up."

Candy Gourlay currently resides in London with her husband and three children. Other than “Tall Story”, she has also been acclaimed for her new book, “Shine”. It debuted in the UK in September 2013 and in the Philippines this year.

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